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Men Wrote The Senate Health Care Bill. This Woman Could Stop It.

By Julie Rovner >> jrovner@kff.org | @jrovner As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tries to negotiate his way to a health bill that can win at least 50 Republican votes, there is one woman in the Senate who could stop the bill cold. She isn’t even a senator.

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Health Care Battle On Hill Has Veterans Defending Obamacare Benefits

By Stephanie O’Neill Air Force veteran Billy Ramos, from Simi Valley, Calif., is 53 and gets health insurance for himself and for his family from Medicaid — the government insurance program for low-income people. He says he counts on the coverage, especially because of his physically demanding work as a self-employed contractor in the heating and air conditioning […]

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Small-Town Clinics — And Businesses — Fear Economics Of Obamacare Repeal

By April Dembosky, KQED Click to listen to audio interview. BURNEY, Calif. — Three years ago, Carol Morris was put in charge of a massive remodel of the new Mountain Valleys health clinic in this small town in eastern Shasta County. She painted the new exam rooms in muted greens and browns, to reflect the pine forest […]

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Safe Under The ACA, Patients With Preexisting Conditions Now Fear Bias

By Charlotte Huff  Cheasanee Huette, a 20-year-old college student in Northern California, is worried. Two years ago, knowing she was protected by the Affordable Care Act’s guarantees of coverage for preexisting conditions, she decided to find out if she carried the same genetic mutation that eventually killed her mother. She tested positive for one of the cancer-related mutations referred […]